Oct 28 2014

1994: October 29-November 4

tvweek_291094Cover: Jonathan Taylor Thomas (Home Improvement), Mark Curry (Hangin’ With Mr Cooper)

Byrne hot for Real Life
Rumours around the television industry indicate that former 60 Minutes reporter and Sydney radio 2BL presenter Jennifer Byrne is set to return to TV as host of Seven‘s Real Life, replacing Stan Grant. Adding fuel to the speculation is the fact that Byrne’s partner, Andrew Denton, is currently employed by the Seven Network.

Catriona’s a Wonder worker!
As well as juggling her radio work with Triple J and hosting the Saturday morning cartoon show, What’s Up Doc?, Catriona Rowntree has further added to her schedule by being promoted to host Nine‘s Wonder World. “It’s a bit full-on,” she told TV Week. “But while it’s there you have to go for it! It all keeps me very busy, but the main thing is I really love everything that I’m doing.” Rowntree started with Wonder World as a researcher in 1992 but was later promoted to the role of reporter. She takes over hosting the show from Pascall Fox. With Rowntree now hosting Wonder World, there will be two new faces brought into the show — Sonia Kruger (Strictly Ballroom) and cameraman-turned-reporter Dave Kelly.

amandadougeThe women from Snowy River
Amanda Douge, Joelene Crnogorac and Sheryl Monks (pictured) all say their roles in Banjo Patterson’s The Man From Snowy River makes them glad they don’t live in the 19th century. Monks, formerly in Prisoner, The Flying Doctors and Acropolis Now, says she doesn’t know how the women of the time coped with the thin, tight clothing in cold weather. “We were all wearing stripy thermal underwear. We looked like little Michelin women!,” she told TV Week. In portraying an era where women were meant to stay at home while the men worked, Crnogorac is pleased that her character, Danielle McGregor, gets to be adventurous. “Dani is a tomboy,” she said. “She gets to do a lot of things the other girls don’t.” Douge’s character, Victoria Blackwood, is expected to marry a gentleman and spend her life homemaking and having children. “She’s the Scarlett O’Hara of the Australian high country,” Douge said. “She’s young, she’s wealthy, and she’s reasonable looking, so the world’s at her feet.”


  • Home And Away is set to wind up 1994 with a shock separation of foster parents Pippa and Michael Ross — though the actors that play them, husband and wife Dennis Coard and Debra Lawrance (pictured), are blissfully happy and are soon to celebrate their third wedding anniversary.
  • Comedian Jane Turner, recently seen in the special Big Girl’s Blouse, has just finished a short film, Lucinda 31, where  she plays Violet, a powerful young lawyer.
  • Network Ten‘s Healthy Wealthy And Wise has just been renewed for its fourth season. The program has been the network’s quiet achiever, recently ranking among its most popular programs. “We try to give a lot of useful information and be very user-friendly,” producer Gavan Disney said. “Through doing that we’ve built up a solid and very loyal audience.”
  • Abi Tucker is tipped to exit Network Ten series Heartbreak High to pursue a musical career. She follows an exodus from the series that has also included Alex Dimitriades, Sarah Lambert, Tony Martin and Nico Lathouros.
  • At the Mipcom television market in France, Seven‘s Blue Heelers has become the subject of a bidding war between British networks BBC and ITV.

TV’s Top 20 (Week Commencing 9 October): 

Rank Program Network Day(s) Viewers
1 Movie: Patriot Games Nine Sun 2186000
2 Just Kidding Nine Tue 2169000
3 Money Nine Wed 2002000
4 Australia’s Funniest Home Video Show Nine Tue 1917000
5 60 Minutes Nine Sun 1857000
6 Lois & Clark The New Adventures Of Superman Seven Mon 1843000
7 A Current Affair Nine M-Th 1817000
8 Getaway Nine Thu 1771000
9 Our House Nine Wed 1769000
10 National Nine News Nine Sun 1759000
11 Home Improvement Seven Sun 1680000
12 A Current Affair: Challenge Special Nine Fri 1639000
13 National Nine News Nine M-F 1586000
14 The Man From Snowy River Nine Sun 1571000
15 Home Improvement Seven Wed 1541000
16 Burke’s Backyard Nine Fri 1531000
17 Sale Of The Century Nine M-Th 1518000
18 Hangin’ With Mr Cooper Seven Thu 1467000
19 National Nine News Nine Sat 1462000
20 Healthy Wealthy And Wise Ten Mon 1457000

Lawrie Masterson: The View From Here

biggirlsblouse“As a rule, I prefer to preview rather than review in this column, but occasionally something catches me on the hop and I feel it shouldn’t pass without mention. Such was the case with the Seven Network comedy special Big Girl’s Blouse, which screened recently. It didn’t catch me napping, exactly. It was more a case of someone at Channel 7 making a relatively sudden decision to throw the show into the network’s October schedule, rather than November, as had been originally planned. Because, if you missed it, the opportunity for something of a television treat has been allowed to go begging. Big Girl’s Blouse was a reminder of what we have been missing. Few Australian comedy specials have been so notable for their consistency, their memorable moments and their generous lashings of fresh material from established performers. Despite ratings that were more respectable than rapturous, the word is that Magda (Szubanski), Gina (Riley) and Jane (Turner) and the Seven Network have pencilled in the first few months of 1995 as the time to concentrate on a limited-run series. More power to them!”

claudiablackProgram Highlights (Melbourne, October 29-November 4):
Saturday: The Spring Racing Carnival kicks off with Derby Day (10.30am, Ten), live from Flemington Racecourse, hosted by Tim Webster and Peter Donegan. The Mercantile Mutual Cup (9am, Nine) features Tasmania versus Victoria. In A Country Practice (5.30pm, Ten), the excitement of a fishing competition is dampened when Claire (Claudia Black, pictured) has a car accident, and Danny (Vince Colosimo) discovers a bullet hole in the windscreen.

Sunday: TVTV presents a one-hour special, Countdown — 20 Years Ago Today (6pm, ABC), taking a look back at the popular music show that ran between 1974 and 1987. National Soccer League Match Of The Day (7.30pm, SBS) features Sydney Unified versus Adelaide City, hosted by Les Murray. In Banjo Patterson’s Man From Snowy River (6.30pm, Nine), Frank (Rodney Bell) steals a bag of gold from Luke (Josh Lucas), only to have it taken from him by gentleman bushranger, Harry Roebuck (Andy Anderson). Sunday night movies are Sniper (Seven), Crocodile Dundee II (Nine) and Driving Me Crazy (repeat, Ten).

Monday: In Neighbours (6.30pm, Ten), Cody (Peta Brady) is embarrassed about the events at the Year 12 party. In Healthy Wealthy And Wise (7.30pm, Ten), Jim Brown meets Father Joe Giacobbe, who is responsible for running camps for disadvantaged school school, and on the eve of the Melbourne Cup, Ross Greenwood looks at horse racing as a form of investment.

williammcinnesjonbennettTuesday: The Spring Racing Carnival continues as Tim Webster and Peter Donegan host live coverage of the Melbourne Cup (10am, Ten), live from Flemington Racecourse, with commentators Garry Willets and Dan Mielicki. In Blue Heelers (7.30pm, Seven), Nick (William McInnes, pictured) takes a drunk Mark Davies (Jon Bennett, pictured) home instead of locking him up after an altercation in the pub — however, the next day Mark is found dead and everyone points at Nick. In GP (8.30pm, ABC), there are tensions in the Browning household with Tessa’s (Marilynne Paspaley) mother. In Law Of The Land (9.30pm, Nine), Merringanee has its own War Of The Roses with the eccentric couple Gordon and Lily O’Reilly (Ross Thompson and Jan Friedl)

Wednesday: In Home And Away (7pm, Seven), Shane (Dieter Brummer), Angel (Melissa George) and Damian (Matt Doran) are successful at creating chaos for ‘muck up’ day. In Heartbreak High (7.30pm, Ten), Yola (Doris Younane) discovers a picture of a woman and child in Joe’s (Don Halbert) wallet and demands an explanation.

Thursday: Ten returns to Flemington Racecourse for six hours of racing and fashions at Oaks Day (11am). In Neighbours (6.30pm, Ten), Mark (Bruce Samazan) shocks everyone when he declares he is being baptised. Beyond 2000 (7.30pm, Ten) looks at designer feedstock to help farmers and the environment. In Janus (8.30pm, ABC), the trial of Steve Hennessey (Leon Teague) and Darren Mack (Nique Needles) begins in the County Court.

Friday: In Neighbours (6.30pm, Ten), after a stage kiss, Brett (Brett Blewitt) realises that Libby (Kym Valentine) is not the woman for him. In The Great Outdoors (7.30pm, Seven), guest reporter Gina Jeffries relives some childhood memories when she visits her home town of Toowoomba.

Source: TV Week (Melbourne edition), incorporating TV Times and TV Guide. 29 October 1994. Southdown Press




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Oct 24 2014

Number 96 movie’s 40th birthday bash

number96_movie_0007number96_movie_0002The Imperial Hotel in Sydney is next month celebrating the movie version of Number 96, forty years after its cinema release. (Update: Tickets now on sale through Ticketbooth)

In an era still of black and white TV, the original cinema release of Number 96 in 1974 gave fans of the show their first chance to see the apartment building and its characters in colour.

All the broad elements of the series — sex, nudity, farce, slapstick, melodrama — are featured in the movie but with more liberal censorship rules on the big screen certain elements are bumped up.

The film starts with Vera Collins (Elaine Lee) stranded after her car breaks down on a dusty, desolate road. Her relief at the sight of an oncoming group of bikies soon turns to horror when she is stripped and raped — all before the opening titles.

number96_movie_0005While recuperating at the home of socialite Clare Houghton (Thelma Scott), Vera becomes acquainted with prominent politician Nicholas Brent (James Condon). Their budding relationship hits a hurdle when Vera is introduced to his son, Tony (Patrick Ward). And while working with Maggie Cameron (Bettina Welch) on a new business venture, Vera is reacquainted professionally with the sexually ambiguous Simon Carr (John Orcsik), who was once the object of desire for both Maggie and Vera. Their relationship becomes more than professional but Simon’s failure to perform in the bedroom is followed by a date with Don Finlayson (Joe Hasham).

number96_movie_0006Meanwhile, in Flat 3, Dorrie and Herb Evans (Pat McDonald and Ron Shand) each have different ideas in mind when planning their upcoming ruby wedding celebrations, but the whole celebration becomes derailed when it appears that Dorrie has actually been married to the best man, Horace Deerman (Harry Lawrence), for all those years. Matters are made worse when Horace turns up at the Evans’ apartment reeking of methylated spirits and keen to get into bed with his “wife”. And Dorrie and Flo Patterson (Bunney Brooke) become fierce rivals on the bowling green when the position of captain of the senior citizen’s bowling club becomes available.

number96_movie_0003Former tenant Sonia Vansard (Lynn Rainbow) returns to Number 96, this time moving in to Flat 5 with her new husband, journalist Duncan Hunter (Alister Smart). A series of unexplained incidents lead Sonia to question her regained sanity. Meanwhile, landlord Jack Sellars (Tom Oliver) has a new tenant in Flat 6, air hostess Diana Moore (Rebecca Gilling) — with Jack getting certain benefits on top of the rental income.

A fire in the flat of delicatessen owner Aldo Godolfus (Johnny Lockwood) wipes out his hidden cash savings and leads him to picking up a second job at a function centre to recoup his losses. Meanwhile, Les Whittaker (Gordon MacDougall) and Herb Evans embark on their own business venture, a sauna installed in the basement of Number 96. And Lucy Sutcliffe (Elisabeth Kirkby) encounters a stripping customer in the laundrette — emulating a similar scene that appeared in an early episode of the series — which proves an eye opener for Dorrie.

The film also includes series characters Norma Whittaker (Sheila Kennelly), Dudley Butterfield (Chard Hayward), Alf Sutcliffe (James Elliott), Roma Godolfus (Philippa Baker) and Arnold Feather (Jeff Kevin).

Emulating much the same rapid-fire production as the series, the Number 96 movie was filmed over 11 days, utilising the same studio sets as used by the TV series though some minor alterations to the set were made to allow for filming in colour. The movie also took on some location filming around Sydney, something of which was a rarity for the series.

Being filmed on 16mm does the movie no favours in presentation but fans still flocked to cinemas upon its release in May 1974 — a time when the show was top of the ratings. Despite the apparent flaws in production the movie is an entertaining time capsule of not just life at Number 96, but also of a less politically-correct Australia in the 1970s. Although the movie version of Number 96‘s Melbourne counterpart The Box a year later was a far more polished production it doesn’t quite match 96 in terms of entertainment.

The movie made a few appearances on television, even after the series had wound up production, but was then almost thought to be lost until a copy resurfaced in the mid 1990s, leading to a season of screenings at a number of independent cinemas before a national re-run on the Ten Network in 1996:

The movie was released on DVD in 2006, featuring audio commentary by TV historian Andrew Mercado, series creator and writer David Sale and cast member Elaine Lee. The DVD also included the 1976 special Number 96: They Said It Wouldn’t Last, produced in 1976 for the show’s 1000th episode, and a follow up feature, Number 96: The Final Years, including interviews with Sale and various cast members.

Backdoor Cinema presents Number 96 40th Anniversary Celebration. Sunday 9 November 5.00pm at Imperial Hotel, 35 Erskineville Road, Erskineville, NSW. Tickets through Ticketbooth.

Source: TV Week, 11 May 1974. Movie News, Vol. 10, No. 4, 1974. TV Radio Guide, 6 July 1974.

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Oct 20 2014

Homicide: 50 years on

homicide_0004Today marks the fiftieth anniversary of the first appearance of Homicide on Australian television.

The series, produced by Crawford Productions, wasn’t the first drama produced by Australian television but was the first to demonstrate that Australian audiences would watch locally-produced drama in overwhelming numbers. Its success sparked a booming industry of Australian television drama production.

But launching Homicide did not come easy. Since television began in Australia drama production had been largely limited to televised plays and short-run daytime serials. There were some notable prime-time efforts, including GTV9‘s Emergency in 1959 and ATN7‘s historical series, Jonah, in 1962. In the early 1960s ABC had produced historical mini-series including Stormy Petrel, The Outcasts, The Patriots and The Hungry Ones.

johnpaciniCrawford Productions, headed by Hector Crawford and his sister Dorothy, had been making radio programs since the mid-1940s. One of its most popular shows was a crime series, D24, based on real-life cases and produced in association with Victoria Police. The advent of television in 1956 saw Crawford Productions immediately begin the production of television programs but it was 1961 before the company had launched its first TV drama, a courtroom series called Consider Your Verdict, for Melbourne’s HSV7. When Consider Your Verdict was rumoured to be cancelled in April 1964, TV Times columnist John Pacini (pictured) implored Seven to replace it with one that he’d heard was in the pipeline:

Consider Your Verdict has had a three-year run. This reflects great credit on HSV7. It has demonstrated quite clearly a desire to support locally made television products. To maintain what should be a jealously guarded record HSV7 must replace Consider Your Verdict with another “Made in Australia” series. Dame Fortune has been kind indeed for such a show is waiting on the sidelines to be pressed into service.

Its title… Homicide.

And it’s as dramatic as it sounds, believe me. It tells the story (I hope weekly) of a homicide case in which three detectives, supposedly based in an Australian Police HQ, conduct the investigations. The series is Australian acted and Australian written.

Sack Consider Your Verdict if you will — as I believe is your intention, HSV7. But replace it with this Homicide series. It’s better than Consider Your Verdict, and provides another step forward in the cultivation of locally made shows.”

homicide_0002Whether HSV7 had already agreed behind-the-scenes to go ahead with Homicide is not clear, but by July it was reported that the station had picked up Homicide for series production. The commissioning of Homicide no doubt came as a relief to Crawfords, as Hector had mortgaged his house to fund its production and both he and Dorothy had worked without salary for a year to keep the company afloat. Even so, Crawfords still made a considerable loss on the initial series as Seven paid far less than what it cost to make.

homicide_0003The first episode, titled The Stunt, went to air on HSV7 on Tuesday, 20 October 1964 at 7.30pm.

The episode opens with the scene of a mock bank robbery being staged by university students as a prank. The leader of the ‘robbery’, Lindsay Murdock (Ian Turpie), armed with a cap gun, was fatally shot by the bank’s security guard, John Healy (Gordon Glenwright).

Enter Homicide‘s first squad, Inspector Jack Connolly (John Fegan), Detective Sergeant Frank Bronson (Terry McDermott) and Detective Rex Fraser (Lex Mitchell), to determine if Healy acted within his duties or if there were other factors at play — in particular the relationship between Murdock and his university colleagues, Prue Ellison (Susan Haworth) and James Collier (Laurence Beck).

The episode featured interior studio scenes recorded on videotape combined with exterior scenes recorded on film — a production technique to be employed by various Crawford productions in the years that followed, although Homicide would later change to film-only production.

Early reviews for Homicide were promising, with TV Times’ Pacini following up his April comments:

“Hats off to Crawford Productions and HSV7 for excellent premiere of Homicide which looks like being the first mature crime series made in this country. A long-wanted step in right direction to enable near opportunityless actors and actresses ply their trade in something other than corny commercials.”

Fellow TV Times critic Frank Doherty‘s only criticism was that the efforts of the episode’s scriptwriters, Ian Jones and Phil Freedman, were not given their due recognition, with their names placed near the end of the closing credits:

“Burying the identity of the author of an hour-long drama near the tip of the tail of the credit list would seem, at best, a perfunctory way of admitting the part he played in the feature.”

lexmitchellTV Week columnist Alec Martin said the series “has plenty of potential, but let’s hope that Lex Mitchell (the younger detective, pictured) gets a better hair style as the series goes on.”

But not everyone was thrilled with the new show. TV Week critic Frank Thring was far from complimentary:

“The scripts are unactable, the dialogue unspeakable, the actors a strange mish-mash of the professional and the amateur, and the final result a goulash that could tickle only the most undiscriminating palate.”

homicide_ad1Despite Thring’s criticism the viewers clearly felt otherwise. The opening episode gained a rating of 33 (per cent of households) for HSV7 — an outstanding result for the new four-station market. When the first episode aired in Sydney (still a three-station market at that time) in January 1965 it rated 40, a staggering result given that Melbourne-made programs usually drew only a lukewarm response in Sydney.

By 1966 Homicide was the third top rating series on Australian television. It then hit the number one spot in 1967 and topped the national ratings again in 1969, 1970, 1971 and 1972. It won Best New Drama at the 1965 TV Week Logie Awards, and went on to win Best Drama at the Logies in 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1971 and 1973.

Homicide‘s success paved the way for a growing demand for Australian-made television drama. The Nine Network followed Seven’s lead with a spy drama Hunter and, later, police series Division 4 — both from the Crawfords stable.

The third commercial network, 0-10, had failed in its first attempt at police drama, the in-house production The Long Arm in 1970, but had commissioned Crawfords for its next project which became rural cop series Matlock Police.

Seven also commissioned another series, a private detective drama, Ryan in 1972. Ryan, which starred a young Pamela Stephenson alongside lead actor Rod Mullinar, only lasted one season.

By 1975 the proliferation of Crawford productions was at breaking point — with three cop dramas, Homicide, Division 4 and Matlock Police, alongside soap opera The Box and sitcom The Last Of The Australians. All up it was accounting for six hours of prime time programming each week, plus the additional hours of daytime re-runs.

tvweek_110372Despite strong ratings the Nine Network cancelled Division 4, citing financial constraints amid a growing slate of local production, and 0-10 soon followed in cancelling Matlock Police.

Homicide, the show that started it all, was the last to go. It was axed in August 1975 but with a backlog of episodes stayed on screen until early 1977. It finally bowed out with its 510th episode — creating a record for a weekly series not matched until a later Seven Network drama, Blue Heelers, came to an end in 2006.

There was speculation that the rapid cancellation of three of Crawfords’ major productions was an act of collusion by the networks, responding to Crawfords’ push for increased Australian content on TV — but the timing of the axings also came as soap operas were emerging as the new ratings giant, with Number 96, Reg Grundy‘s Class Of ’74 and Crawfords’ own The Box delivering strong ratings. Soaps were also cheaper to produce and could fill more hours of airtime each week than a weekly police drama.

The Box continued through to 1977, while Crawfords went on to establish two new hit shows — World War II period drama The Sullivans for Nine and soapie-based police drama Cop Shop for Seven.

Crawford Productions is now Crawfords Australia and owned by WIN Corporation. The company has been releasing selected titles of its archive on DVD — including Homicide and Division 4. Details of these and other releases can be found at their website.

Seven Melbourne will pay tribute to Homicide with the special 50 Years Of Homicide, screening Wednesday 22 October, 10.30pm.

Source: IMDB. Australian Television Information Archive. TV Times, 8 April 1964. TV Week, 18 July 1964. TV Times, 14 October 1964. TV Times, 4 November 1964. TV Week, 31 October 1964. TV Week, 12 December 1964. TV Times, 8 February 1975. TV Times, 16 August 1975. The Age, 15 July 1981. Australian Television: A Ratings History 1956-1998, ACNielsen. Australian TV The First 25 Years, 1981.


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Oct 19 2014

On TV: 19 October 1979, Melbourne

tvweek_131079The next in our occasional series looking at what was on TV on this day in years past. Today we’re going back to Friday, 19 October 1979 in Melbourne, as listed in TV Week (with Mike Walsh on the cover with Jeanne Little and Sue Smith, celebrating 1500 episodes of The Mike Walsh Show)

If you wanted to watch the news with your breakfast you’d better find a radio or a newspaper, because morning television in 1979 is purely for the kids — with Thunderbirds and The Super Flying Fun Show on GTV9, The Early Bird Show on ATV0 (soon to be ATV10) and Sesame Street on ABC.

HSV7 doesn’t make it to air until 10.00am, with Romper Room leading into US variety show Dinah!, featuring Dinah Shore. ATV0’s mid-morning includes Fat Cat And Friends for the pre-schoolers followed by repeats of family dramas The Rovers and Barrier Reef.

Bernard King presents his half-hour of cooking and lifestyle before Roy Hampson and Annette Allison present the Melbourne-based Everyday (which would become Good Morning Melbourne in the early 1980s).

Nine’s soapie line-up begins at 10.00am with All My Children — and apart from The Mike Walsh Show all you’ll see on Nine are soaps right through until 4.00pm.

Midday movies are Tick Tick Tick on Seven and Wind Across The Everglades on 0.

Re-runs dominate the mid-afternoons on both Seven and 0 — with Homicide, The Streets Of San Francisco, The FBI, King Of Kensington and The New Dick Van Dyke Show. It would appear that putting anything more substantial up against Nine’s daily soapie marathon would only be an exercise in futility.

As per usual, ABC’s daytime is dominated by schools programming with a 10-minute news update at 1.00pm.

The after school line-up include ABC’s programming block ARVO, hosted by Ron Blanchard and Alexander The Bunyip, featuring Play School and Sesame Street. Seven has Shirl’s Neighbourhood, Nine has The Curiosity Show and 0 has Simon Townsend’s Wonder World. The afternoon winds up with Andrew Harwood‘s It’s Academic, British series Just William and Out Of Bounds and re-runs of US shows Get Smart, Here’s Lucy and Wonder Woman.

tvstrike_1979It would seem that a extended strike by television production workers has started to impact on some schedules — and for Nine in particular. Nine’s early evening fixtures Family Feud, The Young Doctors and The Sullivans are nowhere to be seen — instead replaced by US shows My Three Sons, Celebrity Charades and What’s Happening.

Nine had also been forced to cease production of the top-rating The Don Lane Show, which normally aired on Monday and Thursday nights, and replace it with “best of” episodes.

Nine is reported to have even approached the other networks about suspending the ratings surveys while programs are being taken out of circulation, but tough rival Seven had instead taken advantage as it produced fewer live shows and still had more episodes of its regular dramas in the can. The absence of fresh episodes of The Don Lane Show gave Seven an instant boost to its new prime time series Skyways, airing in the same timeslot.

The 0-10 Network’s ratings were so perilous that it had nothing to lose by plugging away in the hope of picking up some disgruntled Nine viewers.

In the lead-up to its 7.00pm news, ABC had a one-hour local magazine program Statewide, hosted by David Johnston — up against I Dream Of Jeannie and Seven National News on Seven, Celebrity Charades and National Nine News on Nine, and ATV0’s Eyewitness News with Bruce Mansfield, Annette Allison, John Waters (presumably not the actor of the same name!) and Rob Gell.

derrynhinchcorneliafrancesAfter the news, Seven had current affairs with Willesee At Seven and ATV0 had magazine program Peter Couchman’s Melbourne, including regular contributors Derryn Hinch, Cornelia Frances (pictured), Marie van Maaren, Don Jolly, Tony Porter, Bob Maumill and barrister Frank Galbally.

ABC’s Friday night included the The Two Ronnies, British detective panel game Whodunnit?, soccer, snooker, gardening with Sow What? and a late news bulletin — before signing off for the night at 11.10pm.

Over on the commercial channels it was a battle of the movie epics — with 55 Days At Peking on Seven, The Guns Of Navarone on Nine and The Nun’s Story on 0 — all three hours in length.

Late nights included the late news with Malcolm Gray on Seven followed by music program Nightmoves with Lee Simon, while Nine had a repeat episode of Australian sitcom The Last Of The Australians before a late news bulletin, and ATV0 had two-and-a-half hours of tennis with the Custom Credit Indoor Tennis Championship from the Hordern Pavilion in Sydney.

Nine’s overnight movies are The Best Of Enemies, The Man From The Diner’s Club and The Giant Claw before the regular re-run of Sixties crime drama The Baron.

Source: TV Week, 13 October 1979.



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Oct 18 2014

1994: October 22-28

tvweek_221094All kidding aside!
The ratings success of Nine‘s new Just Kidding has handed co-host Sofie Formica (pictured) a tough choice to make. With the first series of 26 episodes completed in advance, Formica went on an extended holiday in the US. But now the Nine Network wants her to come back to do more episodes. “If we negotiate the contract that I do another series, I’ll have to go home in December — but if I don’t, I’ll be staying here,” she told TV Week. “It’s with the agents now, so I can’t say for sure I’m going to do it and I can’t say for sure I’m not. But chances are I will…”

andrewdentonamandakellerIs Denton at his wits’ end?
The ratings for his late night show Denton haven’t been brilliant, but Seven Network host Andrew Denton (pictured with co-star Amanda Keller) isn’t about to give up the game just yet. “My only frustration is that it is on at a time when a lot of people can’t stay up to watch it, which is a shame because it’s actually a pretty good show,” he told TV Week. But Denton’s career in television leaves him feeling torn — as the celebrity who does not want to be famous. “The ego trip you get from being famous is not worth the pain, in my opinion. And when I’m no longer famous, when I give this away, I’m not going to miss it for a second.” One of his long term goals is to follow in his father, Kit Denton‘s footsteps and go into writing. “I don’t know if I’ve got what it takes, but I’d like to become a really successful writer, because then you can have that joy and privilege of having your ideas out there in public and getting a response, but you don’t have to be out there yourself.”

nicolaquilterQuilter’s no quitter
Being “kicked out” after only a year at the Victorian College of the Arts did not perturb new Home And Away star Nicola Quilter (pictured) from pursuing an acting career. “I think institutions like that are really great for some people, and not for others,” she told TV Week. “But I learned heaps from it. For a while it was destructive, but it’s fine now. Actually, it’s good.” Quilter has previously appeared in dramas Chances, Skirts, Boys From The Bush, Police Rescue and Under The Skin, as well as a national tour in the stage musical Hair, before starting the long-term role as school counsellor Donna Bishop in Home And Away.


  • Rumours surrounding Derryn Hinch‘s future, or lack thereof, as host of Midday are gaining momentum as the year draws to a close. Hinch is not on a long-term contract with Nine, so it would not be difficult for them to cut ties. Rumours also suggest that Don Lane may even be a favourite to take over hosting the daytime show.
  • Former Home And Away star Les Hill has returned to the UK to be involved in an Oxford University debate on whether Aussie soap soaps should take the lead roles in English pantomimes at Christmas.
  • Network Ten has plans for a new Sunday afternoon show dedicated to surfing. The new yet-to-be-titled series is to be hosted by former world champion surfer Martin Potter with reporters Tom Carroll and Stuart Bedford-Brown.
  • Producers Beyond-Simpson-Le Mesurier are planning a second series of Halifax fp telemovies.

TV’s Top 20 (Week Commencing 2 October): 

Rank Program Network Day(s) Viewers
1 Money Nine Wed 2145000
2 Just Kidding Nine Tue 2100000
3 Our House Nine Wed 1935000
4 Australia’s Funniest Home Video Show Nine Tue 1891000
5 A Current Affair Nine M-F 1818000
6 Lois & Clark The New Adventures Of Superman Seven Mon 1802000
7 Getaway Nine Thu 1775000
8 National Nine News Nine Sat 1713000
9 Hey Hey It’s Saturday Nine Sat 1695000
10 60 Minutes Nine Sun 1618000
11 National Nine News Nine M-F 1617000
12 Sale Of The Century Nine M-F 1574000
13 Home Improvement Seven Wed 1565000
14 National Nine News Nine Sun 1560000
15 Burke’s Backyard Nine Fri 1551000
16 Healthy Wealthy And Wise Ten Mon 1528000
17 Married With Children Nine Tue 1515000
18 Seven Nightly News Seven M-F 1501000
19 Hangin’ With Mr Cooper Seven Thu 1457000
20 Blue Heelers Seven Tue 1456000

Program Highlights (Melbourne, October 22-28):
Saturday: Game One of the Grand Final of the NBL Mitsubishi Challenge — Adelaide 36ers versus North Melbourne Giants — is broadcast live (8.30pm, Ten)

Sunday: In Banjo Paterson’s Man From Snowy River (6.30pm, Nine), Herbert (Greg Parker) arrives home with some local dignitaries to find Anita (Victoria Tennant) and Luke (Josh Lucas) in a passionate embrace. Sunday night movies are Strictly Ballroom (Seven), Lethal Weapon 3 (Nine) and Darkman (Ten).

Monday: In Neighbours (6.30pm, Ten), Cody (Peta Brady) and Stonefish (Anthony Engelman) are outraged to discover that there will be no end-of-year school party. New Zealand drama series Shortland Street (7pm, SBS) makes its Australian debut. In Healthy Wealthy And Wise (7.30pm, Ten), Lyn Talbot meets The Banana Benders — a group of barber shop singers who have turned their hobby into a business; Tonia Todman shows how to create family heirlooms; Peter Wherrett finds a company that produced Cobra replicas; and Iain Hewitson prepares a minute steak with a Moroccan salad.

theinvestigatorsTuesday: Consumer affairs program The Investigators (pictured) presents a special episode to celebrate its 10th anniversary (8pm, ABC). In GP (8.30pm, ABC), Eva (Sue Walker) returns to rekindle William’s (Michael Craig) heart. In Law Of The Land (9.30pm, Nine), strange things are happening in the small town of Merringanee — Sgt Clive O’Connor (Richard Moir) can’t account for five hours of his life.

Wednesday: In Heartbreak High (7.30pm, Ten), Deloraine (Stephen O’Rourke) is honoured when Hartley High is selected to host the high-profile Education Awards, but is concerned when a visibly pregnant Rose (Katherine Halliday), a class captain, will be taking part in the event. Mary Kostakidis hosts the Ethnic Business Of The Year Awards (8.30pm, SBS) from the Sydney Sheraton Wentworth.

Thursday: In Home And Away (7pm, Seven), Sarah (Laura Vasquez) says a final farewell to Summer Bay. In Janus (8.30pm, ABC), Rob Griffin (Felix Nobis) is investigating a 10-year-old unsolved murder.

Friday: In Neighbours (6.30pm, Ten), Serendipity (Raelee Hill) invites Chip (Martin Crewes) over for a romantic dinner but is stood up. In Home And Away (7pm, Seven), Shane (Dieter Brummer) can’t admit that he was partly to blame for the breakdown of his relationship with his mother. Game Two of the Grand Final of the NBL Mitsubishi Challenge — North Melbourne Giants versus Adelaide 36ers — is broadcast from Melbourne (8.30pm, Ten).

Source: TV Week (Melbourne edition), incorporating TV Times and TV Guide. 22 October 1994. Southdown Press



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Oct 17 2014

Anne Wills for Adelaide’s Feast Festival

annewills_0001For 50 years, Anne Wills has been an icon of Adelaide. From early beginnings as a contestant on NWS9‘s Telethon Quest she was soon appointed as weather presenter for NWS9 in 1965.

She famously made front page news when she promised that she would wear a bikini on screen if the temperature hit 100 degrees fahrenheit (37.8°C) and came good on that promise when the mercury later hit 105.3 degrees (40.7°C).

She worked alongside Ernie Sigley on Adelaide Tonight and later with Sandy Roberts and Bob Francis on ADS7‘s The Penthouse Club. She hosted her own show, Movie Scene, for 17 years.

annewills_0002She hosted daytime shows including the popular AM Adelaide, appeared on telethons and was still presenting the weather 30 years after donning the bikini.

Outside of Adelaide, she appeared on programs including Beauty And The Beast, The Bert Newton Show and Good Morning Australia.

And she won Logies. Heaps of them. From an era when the TV Week Logie Awards presented state-based awards, ‘Willsy’ won a record 19 of them for her popularity in South Australia. No other individual — not even ‘The King’ Graham Kennedy — has collected as many Logies.

annewillsNext month, Willsy will be appearing in Adelaide’s Feast Festival to share the joys, the dirt, the pain, the glamour and possibly even the earrings of 50 years in the spotlight. Willsy: The Gay Divorcee (Well, Sort Of…) features Willsy “in conversation” with local ABC radio host Peter Goers in three shows at Queer Nexus, Lion Arts Centre, corner Morphett Street and North Terrace, Adelaide.

Details are at Feast Festival’s website.

Source: Made In Adelaide, SAS7, 2005. Miracle On Tynte Street: The Channel 9 Story. Vegas Promotions





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Oct 13 2014

Big Girl’s Blouse turns 20

biggirlsblouseIt is 20 years ago today that Big Girl’s Blouse made its television debut.

The sketch comedy series, featuring Fast Forward co-stars Gina Riley, Jane Turner and Magda Szubanski, initially aired as a one-hour special on 13 October 1994 before eight half-hour episodes were screened during 1995.

Big Girl’s Blouse introduced us to Kath Day (Turner), her daughter Kim (Riley), and Kim’s second best friend, sports-loving Sharon (Szubanski) in a sequence of sketches leading up to Kim’s wedding to fiancé Brett. The characters were revisited again in the later series Something Stupid, as Kim was preparing for the birth of her baby, while divorcee Kath had met ‘hunk-a-spunk’, Nev (Glenn Robbins).

kathandkim_0003The Kath and Kim sketches formed the basis for the spin-off series Kath And Kim, featuring the same cast with the addition of Peter Rowsthorn as downtrodden husband Brett, and Robbins’ Nev is re-named Kel. Kath And Kim became a huge success, running for four series (three by ABC and one by Seven), a telemovie (Da Kath And Kim Code) and feature film (Kath And Kimderella) as well as being adapted for the US market by NBC.

Big Girl’s Blouse also took us behind the scenes of women’s magazine ‘Big Girl’s Blouse’ — with one of their major crises being the threat of legal action from Kylie Minogue after the magazine claimed that she was pregnant — and followed a week in the high-pressure production of children’s show Play School.

pattystokerDrag queens Carlotta (Riley) and Frantique (Turner) gave us their take on current events with their Community Access Television show What A Drag (with the pair emerging from behind a shower curtain), and we were educated on the social mores of the 1960s with groovy Patty Stoker (Riley, pictured).

The political grind of the suburban ladies tennis circuit was examined in ‘Midweek Ladies’, a sketch inspired by a recent ABC documentary on the inner workings and power struggles within the Australian Labor Party:

YouTube: Classic Aussie Comedy

We saw the pushy showbiz mother (Riley) dragging her ‘child star’ daughter (Szubanski) to Kay Karnt’s (Turner) children’s talent agency — after pyjama-clad Szubanski’s real life appearance in a Sorbent commercial — and we followed the awkwardly-daggy shopping buddies Thalia (Szubanski) and Evelyn (Turner) as they hit the “groovy” fashion stores.

magdaszubanski_0001The show interviewed veteran choreographer Coralee Hollow (Riley), the creator of the famed ‘Channel 9 Run’, accompanied by husband Ross (Szubanski) and their pet dogs — Geoff and Harvey — and we saw Home And Away starring Hollywood legends Katherine Hepburn (Szubanski, pictured), Joan Fontaine (Turner) and Bette Davis (Riley).

And we realised that women all over Australia have the undying urge to stalk and ravage Michael Douglas!

Big Girl’s Blouse was released on DVD in 2006.






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Oct 13 2014

1994: October 15-21

tvweek_151094Jo Beth’s Cinderella story
Australia’s Funniest Home Video Show host Jo Beth Taylor and Getaway‘s Lochie Daddo (pictured) will be starring in Australia’s first all-star Christmas pantomime. Taylor will be playing Cinderella and Daddo her Prince Charming — but it’s not the first time the two have been paired up professionally. In the video clip for her debut single 99 Reasons, Daddo was Taylor’s leading man which led to a kiss. “Yes, it was Lochie,” she said. “And now he’s my Prince Charming again!” Also starring in Cinderella are Bert Newton, Bruce Spence, Paul Blackwell, Nancye Hayes, Wayne Scott Kermond and Miguel Ayesa.

kimberleydaviesbrucesamazanEngagements to ring up big ratings
The upcoming engagement of Neighbours‘ Annalise Hartman and Mark Gottlieb (Kimberley Davies and Bruce Samazan, pictured) could either see them as a happy couple in Ramsay Street, but with Davies’ contract with the show soon to expire and Samazan’s early next year, it is possible that we may not be seeing them happily ever after. “Marriage is usually the nail in the coffin for soapie characters,” Samazan told TV Week. “And engagement is the first step. But a lot of stuff happens in between, and even we don’t know yet if Mark and Annalise will get married.” Viewers will see Mark propose to Annalise while the pair are swimming by a waterfall on a romantic getaway in the Northern Territory. Meanwhile, Home And Away‘s long-engaged couple Shane (Dieter Brummer) and Angel (Melissa George) are set to go down the aisle on screen in April. The wedding ceremony is to be filmed on a closed set in January, with some former characters making return appearances.

donlane_0003Down memory Lane
Don Lane (pictured) is making a return to the Nine Network to relive some of the best moments from The Don Lane Show. In the two-hour special, Lane will be joined by members of the D Generation, comedian Brian Doyle and the Geoff Harvey orchestra in remembering the variety show that ran for 668 episodes between 1975 and 1983. Lane recalls the early days of the show: “The truth is, I never wanted to host the show. After seven years in Australia, I had returned to the US determined to try and make it there. My agent rang me in LA and wanted me to come back to do a short season in Sydney’s league clubs. ‘By the way’, he said, ‘I’ve also booked you to host two Mondays of In Melbourne Tonight‘. After five years at TCN9 in Sydney, I didn’t want to know about doing any more TV, but he already committed me to it. What started as two Monday nights stretched out to lots of Monday nights. Peter (Faiman) kept calling me up telling me the ratings, which were figures like 42 and 38 — unbelievable stuff. I knew there was a lot of crap going on with Ernie Sigley, who was doing Tuesday and Thursday nights, and my instinct told me he would blow it… and he did. The day Ernie went, Kerry Packer rang me in Sydney and told me to get on a plane to take over. People don’t believe this, but Kerry carried my bags through the airport. And that’s how it all started. The next eight-and-a-half years were among the most enjoyable of my life.”


  • Network Ten is expected to make an announcement soon about a new drama for the 7.00pm timeslot. Four proposals have been submitted to Ten for consideration, including a medical drama from John Edwards and Sandra Levy, the producers of Police Rescue and Bony. The other three concepts are from Grundy Television (producers of Neighbours), Roadshow, Coote and Carroll (GP) and Crawfords Australia.
  • Casting for the guest role of a French exchange student has caught out the producers of Home And Away. An actor with a current driver’s licence was found and they’d started filming — until producers realised 10 days later that exchange students are not allowed to drive in Australia. The guest actor was dropped from the show and the scriptwriters had to start again.
  • Reg Prasad, the sidekick on Doug Mulray’s Seven Network series Mulray, says that despite some of the unflattering gags and stunts played on him by the host, he has a great deal of admiration for Mulray. “Doug is a very generous man,” Prasad told TV Week. “Everything I have learned about radio and television I have learned from him. He’s been a fantastic mentor for me.” For Mulray, Prasad has been jumping out of planes, being beaten by a buxom dominatrix and been chased around the studio, naked, by an over-zealous Colleen McCullough — but none of it has phased him. “It can be very scary. Doug says he never will put me in danger, but being chased by Colleen McCullough is pretty frightening!”

Lawrie Masterson: The View From Here

“Very early on in his foray back into prime-time television, Don Lane explains in eight words why his show was so successful for so long: ‘We were never afraid to take a chance’. Of course, there were other elements that contributed to a run of more than 660 talk-variety shows over the eight years that Don Lane loved our faces. But taking chances was a hallmark, especially so when you consider that, almost without exception, The Don Lane Show was genuine live-to-air television. The decision to revisit The Don Lane Show — on the Nine Network (this week) — apparently was made when some initial research started at Melbourne’s GTV9 on a special to celebrate the 40th anniversary of television in Australia, coming up in 1996. The Nine Network, which as turned into an art form the recycling of old programs (the Ray Martin interview shows and the Red Faces specials have been winners), obviously saw another chance that was not to be passed up, and it was promptly grasped.”

TV’s Top 20 (Week Commencing 25 September): 

Rank Program Network Day(s) Viewers
1 AFL Grand Final Seven Sat 2513000
2 Just Kidding Nine Tue 2249000
3 60 Minutes Nine Sun 2154000
4 National Nine News Nine Sun 2092000
5 Australia’s Funniest Home Video Show Nine Tue 1991000
6 Money Nine Wed 1975000
7 Lois And Clark The New Adventures Of Superman Seven Mon 1897000
8 Our House Nine Wed 1889000
9 Movie: Unforgiven Nine Sun 1887000
10 Seven Nightly News Seven Sat 1857000
11 A Current Affair Nine M-F 1804000
12 Getaway Nine Thu 1787000
13 The Man From Snowy River Nine Sun 1715000
14 National Nine News Nine M-F 1668000
15 Home Improvement Seven Sun 1634000
16 Sale Of The Century Nine M-F 1628000
17 Home Improvement Seven Wed 1615000
18 Hangin’ With Mr Cooper Seven Thu 1558000
19 Married With Children Nine Tue 1486000
20 AFL Brownlow Medal Count Seven Mon 1458000

heyhey_0001Program Highlights (Melbourne, October 15-21)
Saturday: In A Country Practice (5.30pm, Ten), Jess (Jane Hall) and Harry (Andrew Blackman) try to keep their relationship a secret from Matron Sloan (Joan Sydney). Hey Hey It’s Saturday (6.30pm, Nine) presents a celebration of its 23rd birthday — including a look back at some of the show’s most memorable moments.

Sunday: Sunday sport includes the Mercantile Mutual Cup (11am, Nine), the Uncle Toby’s Super Series Ironman (2.30pm, Ten) and the Telecom Rally (3.30pm, Ten). Sunday night movies are National Lampoon’s Loaded Weapon 1 (Seven), The Fire Next Time (Nine) and Only The Lonely (repeat, Ten). A special overseas AFL match, Carlton versus Richmond, is telecast live from London (10.20pm, Seven).

Monday: Talk show Live It Up (3.30pm, Ten) presents the topic ‘Living In The Seventies’. In Home And Away (7pm, Seven), Shannon’s (Isla Fisher) warning for Selina (Tempany Deckert) to stay away from Curtis (Shane Ammann) falls on deaf ears. In Healthy Wealthy And Wise (7.30pm, Ten), Ronnie Burns looks at cubby houses, Iain Hewitson serves up a yabbie salad, Jim Brown and Peter Wherrett continue their 4WD road trip to Mackay, and Tonia Todman shows how colour and texture on walls can transform a room.

Tuesday: In Blue Heelers (7.30pm, Seven), when a carpet shop is ram-raided and a body goes missing from a funeral parlour, Tom (John Wood) believes it is B&S ball revellers. Homicide… 30 Years On (8.30pm, Seven) presents a look back at the classic Australian drama that ran for 12 years — hosted by Blue Heelers stars John Wood and Lisa McCune and featuring guest appearances by Alwyn Kurts, Ian Turpie, Sigrid Thornton, Maurie Fields, Val Jellay, Denise Drysdale and Terry McDermott.

Wednesday: In Heartbreak High (7.30pm, Ten), Steve (Corey Page) is devastated when he discovers a veto on contacting his birth mother. The Very Best Of The Don Lane Show (8.30pm, Nine) features Don Lane introducing some of the memorable segments to have come from the popular variety show that ran from 1975 to 1983, including footage of guest stars Mel Brooks, Billy Connolly, Charlton Heston, Bob Hope, Liza Minnelli, Robin Williams, Sammy Davis Jnr, Peter Allen, Peter Sellers and Johnny O’Keefe.

Thursday: In Home And Away (7pm, Seven), Pippa (Debra Lawrance) and Michael (Dennis Coard) continue to drift further apart. Beyond 2000 (7.30pm, Ten) looks at a cheap and easy home testing kit for osteoporosis, and an invisible hearing aid described as a contact lens for the ear. In Janus (8.30pm, ABC), Steve Hennessey (Leon Teague) is still on the run and the police manhunt is proving fruitless. Documentary They Said Don’t Worry: The Deborah Maybury Story (8.30pm, Nine), hosted by Perth news presenter Tina Altieri, tells of a young woman’s brave fight to beat the disease that eventually claimed her life. The special Three Drags And A Wedding (9.30pm, Nine) features the making of hit Australian films Priscilla Queen Of The Desert and Muriel’s Wedding.

Friday: In Neighbours (6.30pm, Ten), Sam (Richard Grieve) does not take the news of Mark (Bruce Samazan) and Annalise’s (Kimberley Davies) engagement very well.

Source: TV Week (Melbourne edition), incorporating TV Times and TV Guide. 15 October 1994. Southdown Press




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Oct 10 2014

Nine Adelaide is on the move

nws9_newstudioAfter 55 years operating from studios in North Adelaide, NWS Nine Adelaide is on the move to new premises in the Adelaide CBD.

Refurbishment at the new address, 169 Pirie Street, has commenced with Nine’s 100-strong staff expected to be onsite from the third quarter of 2015.

Nine will also gain naming rights to the former Adelaide Bank building and will occupy space previously used by Bendigo Bank. The redevelopment will include a glass-fronted studio at street level, enabling passers by to witness production from the street.

David Gyngell, Chief Executive Officer of Nine Entertainment Company, said:

“Since we acquired Nine in Adelaide last year Sean O’Brien and the team have worked tirelessly to build the business and connect with the community.

“This move to the heart of the city, to become an integral part of the fabric of Adelaide, will reinforce that commitment.

“Congratulations to Sean and the team who have secured this new site for us.”

Sean O’Brien, Managing Director of Nine Adelaide, said:

“We have undergone significant change over the past twelve months.

“Our business has grown and now is the time to undertake the biggest change in our history since we started broadcasting in 1959.

“We leave the bricks and mortar behind but take our memories to a building we have designed to support a business that is no longer just about television, but encompasses digital, events, social media and a resurgence in community involvement.”

NWS has been operating from its existing Tynte Street site since it began broadcasting in September 1959. The studios have hosted a number of productions, including national programs Here’s Humphrey and The Curiosity Show. In more recent times the station’s ‘Kevin Crease Channel 9 Studio’ has also been used as a venue for events such as the Adelaide Fringe Festival.

Last month the studios hosted a photographic exhibition celebrating 55 years of NWS Nine.

Tomorrow night (Saturday 11 October) at 7.00pm, Kate Collins and Brenton Ragless, joined by former Federal Minister Amanda Vanstone, radio 5AA‘s David Penberthy and Jane Reilly, and news veteran Keith Conlon, present a local Nine News special looking back at the biggest news stories from South Australia over the past 55 years. 55 Years Of News — The 10 Biggest SA Stories will also be broadcast on WIN South Australia and Southern Cross Nine in Spencer Gulf/Broken Hill.




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Oct 10 2014

On TV: 10 October 1990, Melbourne

tvextra_071090The second in our occasional series looking at what was on TV on this day in years past.

Today we’re going back to Wednesday 10 October 1990 in Melbourne, as listed in Sunday Sun TV Extra (with Annie Jones on the cover).

Today (Nine) battles out with Good Morning Australia (Ten) for the morning news viewers. Seven and ABC both catering to the youth market at that time of day with cartoons and old favourites Sesame Street and Play School.

Mid-mornings are largely taken up by re-runs on Seven plus the obligatory pre-school program, Fat Cat And Friends. Nine has Here’s Humphrey followed by chat show In Melbourne Today, hosted by Ernie Sigley and Denise Drysdale. Ten has the national Til Ten program with Joan McInnes, followed by Mulligrubs, Ten Morning News and then Another World marks the beginning of the daily run of US soaps.

After Eleven AM, Seven’s midday movie is Finnegan Begin Again from 1984, starring Mary Tyler Moore, up against Midday With Ray Martin (Nine) and Ten’s soap double Santa Barbara and The Bold And The Beautiful. SBS begins its broadcast day with the Russian news bulletin, Vremya, then goes back to test pattern until its children’s shows kick in later in the afternoon.

Ten’s afternoon includes US talk show Donahue (Ten), then re-runs of The Rockford Files and Gimme A Break — while Nine’s Days Of Our Lives and The Young And The Restless keep the soap suds flowing.

After school shows include Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Now You See It on Seven, Mr Merlin and The Bugs Bunny Show on Nine and Double Dare, Charles In Charge and Candid Camera on Ten.

The 6.00pm hour starts off with news bulletins on all of Seven, Nine and Ten, while ABC caters for music fans with Countdown Revolution and SBS has Dutch sitcom Say Aah before Mary Kostakidis and World News.

Seven then goes to Home And Away at 6.30pm, avoiding a clash with Ten’s Neighbours at 7.00pm, before going into current affairs with Hinch, which in turn dodges a clash with A Current Affair (Nine).

The Flying Doctors (Nine) and E Street (Ten) provide more Australian drama while Seven’s comedy hour includes Hey Dad! and Full House.

shadowsoftheheart_0001The 1990 AFI Awards are presented at the World Congress Centre, Melbourne, with a 90-minute telecast on ABC. Seven and Nine have both slotted movie re-runs at 8.30pm, while Ten presents the final chapter of mini-series Shadows Of The Heart, starring Jerome Ehlers, Josephine Byrnes and Marcus Graham (pictured).

Couchman and Lateline present late news and discussion on ABC, while Tonight Live With Steve Vizard (Seven) presents variety and Robbo’s The World Tonight (Nine) gives a unique take on the news. Ten has a five-minute late news break before going into a repeat of Prisoner. Ten then crosses to Newswatch — overnight coverage of news from CNN — which takes them through to Good Morning Australia.

ABC shuts down by midnight, while SBS has a late movie from Vietnam before it signs off just after 1.00am. Seven’s relay of Today from NBC is followed by Unsolved Mysteries, Rituals, Generations, Singles, Trial By Jury and Ocean Quest.

Nine’s overnight movies include La Cage Aux Folles III from 1986 and The Happy Time from 1952, before Dukes Of Hazzard and The Young Doctors take us through to daybreak.


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Source: Sunday Sun TV Extra, 7 October 1990.

  • Don’t forget, there are over 400 classic TV listings archived here.



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